A hamlet made a history to form the present Kerala has once again witnessed another historic event today. Vayalar, where hundreds of communists made the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for independence today wholeheartedly welcomed the revolutionaries of present time. Today evening CPI (M) politburo member S Ramachandran Pillai, handed over red flag to the CPIM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, the leader of Kerala Raksha March which will meet the people in all the 140 assembly constituencies of Kerala within 26 days. Earlier the Red flag was given to SRP by P K Chandranandan, veteran CPI (M) leader and commandant of the Vayalar warriors. Leaders marched towards the stage after paying floral tributes to Vayalar martyrs memorial.
Members of Kerala Raksha March are A Vijayaraghavan, E P Jayarajan, P K Srimathi, Elamaram Karim, M V Govindan, A K Balan and Baby John. In the function C B Chandrababu welcomed the people. Leader of the opposition V S Achuthandan and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were present at the inauguration.
Kerala Raksha March will cover the length and breadth of the state, highlighting failures of the Congress-led governments at the Centre and the state. The slogan of the march is Secular India, Developed Kerala. Five main themes of the campaign are price rise, need to strengthen PDS, danger posed by communalism, corruption and the solar scam. Public meetings would be organised in 126 centres during the yatra. It would conclude at Kozhikode on February 26.
Inaugurating the march, CPI (M) politburo member S Ramachandran Pillai said that Congress lacks strength to take on BJP in the Lok Sabha polls and asserted that a united platform of the Left, secular and democratic forces would emerge as an alternative to UPA and NDA. CPI (M) had begun effective moves to build such an alternative. Mounting a scathing attack on the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Kerala, Pillai said they had been pursuing policies that suited only the interests of the corporates by totally neglecting the common man. While a drubbing was awaiting the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, the Left would put up a splendid performance in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, he said.